Since late 2016, we have seen a startling uptick in violence and harassment rooted in hatred and bigotry. For 2017, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) found that the number of hate groups rose to 954 from 917 the prior yar, up 4 percent. At the same
time, we’ve seen members of the federal government actively supporting extremist views. Extremist domestic terrorism represents a singular threat to American national security and our democratic ideals, yet hate groups continue to gain a foothold in public
life and public service.